Zim players defy ZC to play in Afghanistan

Nine Zimbabwe international cricketers have defied an order from the country’s cricket board (ZC) to return home from a T20 league in Afghanistan following a suicide bomb blast in Kabul.

The blast went off outside the Kabul international stadium on Wednesday killing three people with ZC then ordering it’s players to return home.

However, Zimbabwe’s players have continued to stay in Kabul with some still playing for  their respective teams over the weekend with the tournament schedule to end on Friday.

The players that are part of the league in the Asian country are Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Richard Ngarava, Raza Butt, Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza and Richmond Mutumbami.

The Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation chairman Edward Siwela said they cannot force players to come home as they went in an individual capacity.

Siwela said: “They left the country as individual players; they are not a national team, they were not sent on an assignment by Zimbabwe Cricket and therefore, no clearance was sought for them to go out and consequently, the SRC did not process any clearance in that respect.

“When it comes to clearance, which is a provision in the Sports and Recreation Commission Act and the attendant statutory instrument, the SRC is empowered to clear national teams that are going out to represent the country.”